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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ma Dai Stream (馬大石澗)

(5 kilometers)
2 hours

Difficulty: 6/10.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 9/10

Transportation: Tai Shui Hang MTR exit B. Return via Hang On MTR

Why it's worth it:

At Tai Shui Hang MTR, take exit B. And then head left (North) following Hang Tak street.

Until you reach this point, about 100-150m in. Take the road on the right.

You'll reach essentially the end of the road at a dam. The entry to the trail leading to the stream is on the left, about 30m before the dam. Have a look at the dam if you're into those things (not super interesting), 

Bushwack your way, following the trail to the water. Head left towards the other dam and bridge.

Cross the bridge, then head left...
... the stream entrance is right there.

Hero's cliff. Magnificent waterfall. Nice place for a picnic and a swim.

Keep going. No significant waterfalls afterwards but at one point, you'll hit a fork, head left and there will be a bridge-like thing. Head left. Now, you will know you went on the wrong side of the fork ("Use the fork Luke!") if you arrive at the dam on the right on the picture. Just retrace your steps to the fork and head left and out of the stream. The stream portion is over, you are about 50 minutes away from the MTR.

At this point, the trail should be somewhat visible, just make sure you don't go there at night the first time...

You'll eventually get to this farm. Go through on the left. Be respectful of private property.

As you get out of the village/farm, you'll hit Man On Shan Country Trail, head left.

You'll get to the pic-nic area where there are toilets if you need a pit-stop. 

Otherwise, keep going on the Man On Shan Tsuen road.

At one point, you'll see a hole in the fence on your left, next to a concrete structure, that's a shortcut, go through and go down the steep path.

Left at the trail.

About a hundred meters  onto the trail, there's a shortcut path on the right. Take it.

You'll get to the road. Head left.

You'll be able to go under the road-bridge

Then connecting to another road and sidewalk. Head right.

Then take the subway under the road. Should be relatively straightforward to the MTR (there are signs)

Through the garden. Admire the Chinese "bas-relief"

You'll end-up at Hang On MTR station. Quite a nice stream, isn't it?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tai To Yan (大刀屻)

(~9 kilometers)
4 hours

Difficulty: 7/10.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liters. About 30% of the trail is shaded, so it will be more difficult in Summer.

Appreciation: 6.5/10

Transportation: Bus 64k from Tai Wo. Returning via Fanling MTR

Why it's worth it:

Take Exit 'A' (Tai Wo Plaza) out of the Tai Wo MTR station. Head left.

There will be a set of escalators on your right, leading to the bus stops.

The KMB 64k stop is on the other side of the first road lane. Don't go all the way on the other side because you'd take the 64k to Tai Po Market.

Yeah, that one...
Get off at Kadoorie Farm. Cross the street to the start of the trail.

Start of the trail

Follow the directions to Fanling station

Very sharp peaks gets you...

... nice views.

People actually maintaining the trail! Amazing Hong Kong!

Follow Wo Hop Sehk here... Then it's pretty straightforward to the Fanling MTR station

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stream Trekking in North Point

(~5 kilometers)
2.5 hours

Difficulty: 3/10. Easiest stream trek. Ignore the post stream-trek part of the trek as you could easily get lost and it is not all that pleasant; just retrace your steps. 

Cel phone coverage: Mostly everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 5/10. It is not a great stream but it is a very easy one. If you have not done stream-trekking before and you want to try, that one is a good choice.

Transportation: North Point MTR exit B1, return the same way.

Why it's worth it:

Right out of the NorthPoint MTR station exit B1, head left

Go up the stairs towards 'Aroma Walk' 

A few flight of stairs, nothing to kill anyone

At the top of the stairs, take a left

5 minutes in, you'll get here, head up!


Flight of stairs at the end of the alley. Afterwards, pretty much just keep following the path...

... until you reach those stairs on the left. Take them, then immediately left at the top

Keep going until the bridge and the Tai Tam Country Park sign. You have arrived at the stream's entrance

Go in

Quite easy

This is probably the hardest part, which is much easier than it looks on the picture.
You can also bypass it on the right

The stream is about 1 km long. You'll reach a point where it is all flat and a few paths lead different ways. I suggest you just retrace your steps (you can take the path back down, along the stream). Easy enough? Now, you're ready for longer, slightly harder but nicer streams!